The following is excerpted from The Professional's Herbal Formula Handbook No. 14, comprising 93 pages of traditional information and recent scientific data that describes the medical properties, physiological action and therapeutic uses for each of the 24 ingredients outlined in this formula.
Adaptogenic, alterative, anabolic, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-dyscratic, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, antiseptic, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, depurative, detoxicant, disinfectant, febrifuge, fungistatic (anti-fungal), immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), rejuvenative, restorative, sedative, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic and viricidal (anti-viral).
Alleviates any general fluids dyscrasia (abnormal or pathological condition) within the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract that leads to the onset of various degenerative or debilitative conditions associated with bronchitis, colds, coughs, fever, influenza and various other catarrhal disorders, and eliminates any form of cachexia (state of malnourishment and general debility) throughout the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes of the lungs, sinus cavities, bronchial or nasal passages and throat region; exhibits powerful antipyretic and febrifuge effects, thereby reducing any fevers or feverish states; displays antibiotic and fungistatic activity, due to the presence of alpha-lapachone, beta-lapachone and the quinone xyloidone (which possesses viricidal properties); exhibits cytophylactic and cytotoxic activity in order to provide stronger cellular defense mechanisms against many physical or chemical agents, and displays anti-infective and disinfectant properties in order to promote increased resistance by destroying any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria, microbes or viruses that are often responsible for various infectious states or inflammatory conditions; displays bacteriostatic and microbicidal activity in order to strengthen and increase the resistance of the blood vessels against any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria or microbes throughout the bronchial and sinus mucosa, as well as to inhibit the further development of any inflammatory or infectious conditions associated with the onset of bronchitis, colds, influenza and various other forms of catarrhal conditions throughout the bronchial and nasal passages; provides significant beneficial effects in the treatment of any viral infections by inhibiting certain key viral enzymes (such as DNA and RNA polymerases and retrovirus reverse transcriptase), due to the presence of beta-lapachone; demonstrates powerful microbicidal and fungistatic activity, due to the presence of naphthoquinones, anthraquinones, lapachenole, the flavonoid quercetin, and o- and p-hydroxy benzoic acids; exhibits significant microbicidal effects against any Gram-positive or acid-fast bacteria and fungi, and interferes with the energy-production or enzymatic reactions associated with various microorganisms while uncoupling any oxidative phosphorylation (due to the presence of the naphthoquinone lapachol); displays viricidal activity (due to the presence of the naphthoquinones lapachol (or lapachic acid or tecomin), beta-lapachone, hydroxynaphthoquinone, etc.) against a number of harmful viruses, including the influenza virus; demonstrates powerful antiphlogistic effects (with low toxicity) in order to inhibit the formation of certain inflammatory compounds (such as histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandin, serine proteases and thromboxanes), as well as to reduce any severe inflammatory swelling associated with bronchitis, colds, influenza and bronchial or nasal catarrh by exerting an extremely positive influence towards correcting any blood vessel or tissue inflammation against a wide range of internal inflammatory conditions; exhibits significant antiseptic activity by destroying the vitality of any organized living ferments in order to prevent the onset of putrefaction or septicemia, and precipitates the proteins in any inflamed tissues in order to provide a mildly antiseptic and protective coating (under which the regeneration of new tissue occurs) for the mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory system; acts as an effective antiseptic in order to remove any septic conditions associated with tissue degeneration or ulceration, and promotes increased suppuration and a steady toning or restorative impression to the entire glandular system (especially the liver and lymph glands); exhibits anabolic activity in order to accelerate the production of DNA and RNA (which enhances the production of proteins in the form of antibodies), while increasing protein and lipid synthesis in the bone marrow and DNA/RNA content in the adrenals and lymph nodes (along with increased body weight and enhanced re-synthesis of glycogen and high-energy phosphate compounds); stimulates, strengthens and tonifies a deficient immune system, thereby enhancing greater resistance towards any infectious conditions; demonstrates powerful adaptogenic (balancing and strengthening) activity in order to increase the overall resistance of an organism towards any adverse influences or stressful conditions, especially upon the entire respiratory tract, immune system and both the central and peripheral nervous systems; exhibits immuno-potentiating and immuno-stimulatory effects in order to enhance greater long-term immune potential and overall non-specific systemic immunity (or immune cell activity) and increased immune response (by activating the body's natural defense mechanisms), particularly in relation to the repair and restoration of any damaged or congested mucous membranes throughout the upper respiratory tract; acts as a secretolytic stimulant in order to promote increased gastric, pancreatic or intestinal secretory and motor activity, and enhances greater peripheral circulation (due to its antioxidant activity); exhibits significant antioxidant effects in order to provide greater oxygen-transport capabilities throughout the bloodstream, as well as enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the blood vessels and mucous membranes of the entire respiratory tract; acts as a circulatory stimulant by increasing the blood flows through the arteries and blood vessels of the upper respiratory tract in order to enhance greater nutrient transport, absorption and utilization, thereby accelerating the healing processes associated with the repair of any damaged mucous membranes or tissue-systems throughout the sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages; demonstrates significant rejuvenative and restorative properties upon the basic plasma tissue-systems throughout the entire organism, thereby enhancing the production of vital bodily fluids while providing greater enrichment through increased assimilation of the various organic mineral salts; accelerates the recuperative processes that are essential in order to overcome any chronic debilitating or degenerative brain diseases or illnesses, while facilitating greater recovery response during convalescence in order to regain optimal health and well-being; activates the bodily processes of detoxification and elimination in order to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and tissue-systems, and acts as a sedative to the entire nervous system; displays alterative activity in order to correct any disordered bodily function, thereby activating increased alterations in both metabolic and tissue functions as a defensive measure against the onset of acute or chronic disease; exhibits restorative effects in order to regain increased vigor or vitality and greater strength, while enhancing normal tissue and metabolic functional capabilities; demonstrates alterative and restorative properties in order to re-establish healthy systemic functional capabilities, as well as to establish greater vascular tone throughout the entire organism (due to its ability to stimulate increased secretory flows); exhibits alterative effects in order to stimulate the anabolic growth processes, thereby enhancing the repair of any degenerated, deteriorated and debilitated cells or tissues (while promoting the elimination of any catabolic waste materials); displays tonifying effects in order to permanently enhance the overall energy-levels throughout the entire organism, without adversely affecting the functional capabilities of any particular organ or system.